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Manchester United and FC Barcelona played a very intense game in the second leg of the Europa League playoffs and that ended up settling with victory for the Red Devils with a score of 2-1. In a UEFA Champions League-flavoured encounter, emotions were the order of the day between two teams that are among the top three in their respective leagues.
Notably those directed by Xavi Hernández did not have Gavi or Pedri, two of their best piecesthe former missed the match due to card accumulation and the latter was absent due to injury.
FC Barcelona would come out better at the start of the match on Manchester United’s ground, however those led by Erik ten Hag were not going to be left behind and they also tried in a game that was intense from the first leg and that in the second leg was nothing was going to change.
Was at minute 18 when the Pole Robert Lewandowski scored the first goal for the eleventh Blaugrana from the penalty spot and also sealed his 25th goal wearing the colors of FC Barcelonathis is how those directed by Xavi Hernández were ahead.
For United, Bruno Fernandes tried, but without much forcefulness and also FC Barcelona missed some clear chance and did not take advantage of a clear mistake by the Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea.
The second half was going to start for Manchester United, Ten Hag’s pupils were going to delay FC Barcelona, which was moving the ball nervously around the Old Trafford pitch. The pressure and good play by the Red Devils would soon bring results on the scoreboard.
That was how the Brazilian Fredd placed parity on the scoreboard with a shot that shot Ter Stegenall the product of a serious mistake by Franck Yannick Kessié from Ivory Coast, who left the ball served to the Amazonian on a silver platter.
But this was not going to be all in the second half, after a clear danger situation for FC Barcelona, the Brazilian Antony put the advantage for United with a great goal at minute 73 that served the home owners to turn the score around.
Once again, FC Barcelona ends up kicked out of a European competition and the ghosts of comebacks return to the fans’ minds, something that has become a sad custom in the history of the Blaugrana team.
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